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Sensing the unreal

Psychosis is more common than you think—even in children

By Lucy Maddox   September 2012

In tests, 40 per cent of adults and over half of children report “unusual” perceptions or ideas

When I first met Helen she didn’t want to talk to me, or anyone else. She stayed in her room in the ward, sitting alone with her hood up, emerging only for mealtimes. Only after several attempts did she agree to come out for a short walk in the hospital grounds. It took many more walks before she began to talk about her experiences.

Helen was being listened to, continually, by the judges from…

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